KUALA LUMPUR: Police have busted a syndicate that extorts male victims by threatening to expose their nude photos and videos.
Kuala Lumpur police chief Comm Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said a report was received on July 31 where the complainant said that he had been extorted by an unknown person.
“The suspect threatened to release a half-naked video of the complainant.
“He was told to transfer RM7,000 at first but was then instructed to send an additional RM3,000 before the suspect would delete the video, ” Comm Saiful said at a press conference at the continent headquarters here Friday (Sept 25).
Further checks showed a total of 12 reports with a similar modus operandi being lodged with losses of around RM16,800.
“A task force was created, and we have successfully arrested five suspects. Investigations showed that the two female suspects of the group would ‘fish’ for victims online and convince the victims to send them nude photos or videos.
“The other three will then use those photos and videos against them by extorting money. They operate on fear, ” he added.
Comm Saiful said three of the five suspects have been placed under the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (Poca).
“We have also used another ‘weapon’ under the law which is the Anti-Money Laundering, Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act (Amla) Act.
“Four bank accounts have been frozen, ” he said.
Remaining members of the syndicate are currently being tracked down.
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